LOCA represents the residents and home owners at the lakeside community of Lake Ōkareka.
Lake Ōkareka is 15 minutes drive from Rotorua and is close to Lake Tikitapu, Rotokakahi and Tarawera. Ōkareka is popular year round, with beaches accessible by car and boat. Activities include picnics or barbeques, swimming, water skiing, yachting, kayaking, waka ama, and rainbow trout fishing. There are also a number of lakeside and bush walks around the Lake. A strong community spirit features a volunteer Fire Brigade, Tennis Club with 2 new AstroTurf courts, a Community Hall available for hire (and is home to the Ōkareka Preschool) and the Ōkareka Fishing Club has two annual competitions.
Landcare Ōkareka is another active volunteer group who maintain most of the public areas and walkways to a high standard, which has been recognised by a number of environment enhancement and beautification awards. A substantial area of Lake Tikitapu Scenic Reserve between Lake Ōkareka and Lake Tikitapu is being actively controlled, with assistance from the Rotorua branch of Forest and Bird and the Rotorua Botanical Society, to reduce rat and possum numbers and weed growth. The purpose of this work is to encourage bird life and to encourage the re-establishment of native mistletoe within the Reserve.
A wide range of rental accommodation is available at Lake Ōkareka, together with basic camping facilities at Boyes beach and at the Department of Conservation Camp and picnic beach up Millar Road, and the Top 10 Holiday Park and food shop at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake).
The Lake Ōkareka Community Association (LOCA) endeavors to promote, conserve, preserve and advance; the interests and welfare of the community at Lake Ōkareka; the environmental natural features and physical amenities of Lake Ōkareka; and foster for the public benefit of a harmonious relationship within the community of Lake Ōkareka.
Membership to LOCA is $20 per year. Many issues face our lake, with the committee continually responding to Council and government plans. LOCA also publishes a quarterly newsletter which is distributed to financial members.
Lake Ōkareka Community Association
PO Box 6210, Rotorua
13th June - Open Station Night
11th July - Residents Divided
14th June - Rotorua Spatial Plan
5th June - New Fire Station For Okareka
21st May - Firefighters Raise $6500
9th May - Lebua Luxury
6th Mar - Weed & Pest Animal Info
16th Feb - Volunteer Wardens Abused
15th Feb - Firefighters Sent To Chathams
8th Feb - Mana Wahine
7th Feb - Ten Lakes In Ten Days
11th Jan - Summer List: Top 5 Lakes
9th Jan - Health-Check: Lakes
6th Jan - Summer List: Top 5 Tracks
4th Jan - Heavy Rain Hits Rotorua
28th Nov - Tarawera Ultra 100 Mile Run
15th Oct - Conservation Week
28th Sept - Excited Anglers Ready
30th Aug - Locals Catch 1000th Rat
29th Aug - Extreme Lake Levels
29th Aug - Faster Internet
28th Aug - Residents On High Alert
8th Aug - Lake Tarawera Water Quality
8th Aug - Mt Tarawera 'Great Walk'
7th July - Pressure To Be Eased Off
23rd June - Emergency Measures
10th June - Pink & White Terraces
18th May - Long Hours In Lake
15th May - Fire Force Take A Hat-Trick
Lake Okareka Cottage & Loft
Lake Okareka Lodge
Ngamihi Luxury Lodge
The Red Barn
100% Pure New Zealand
Careem Wellness Spa
Horse Trekking Lake Okareka
Lakeside Wedding Venue
Lake Tarawera Water Taxi
Rotorua Duck Tours
Rotorua Paddle Board Tours
The Buried Village
Tarawera Landing Cafe
Vi's Tea House
Te Arawa Lakes Programme
Rotorua District Council
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Department of Conservation
Rotorua Lakes Coast Guard
Lake Okareka Fire Brigade
Lake Okareka Preschool